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Old 05-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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bye bye sofa hello secure dog crates

Spent Saturday carefully removing the sofa from our 29' Majestic.

We never used it and I go to a lot of dog shows and wanted safe secure crating space.

I now have room for up to Six large crates three across two high with tie downs to keep safely secured in case of accident.

I head out for the first trip tomorrow for a week. DH was skeptical at first but is also happy with the results.

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Old 05-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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Why not just leave the sofa and let the dogs have the couch? That's what we did.
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Why not just leave the sofa and let the dogs have the couch? That's what we did.
Some of us feel that crates are seat belts for animals. Some dogs are crate raised and love their secure homes and travel better in crates. They never used the sofa anyway. I no longer have animals - can't face the rainbow bridge again - but if I did, they would be crated just as the others were. To each their own. JMHO

OP - nice job! What do you show? Certainly not Chihuahuas me thinks... I was partial to Lhasa's. Had others though. Not sure what year I began crating - so long ago - but they all took to it in a heartbeat. When we looked around and couldn't find them - always in their crate. Lhasa's may have had run of palace, but they loved their crates.
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Both of our dogs are crate trained, but they still prefer the sofa.

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I did the same in my Daybreak MH. I usually only use 4-5 crates and keep supplies in the 6th one. My crates are bolted to floor and I love the security for dogs and me as I travel mostly alone. I know dogs are safe and resting as I drive.
Took this shot recently while recouping after a long show day. Would have gone out to MH for a better shot but its in shop for few minor repairs after a 6 wk show trip.
Maybe we will cross paths someday, Darlene

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I show and breed BelgianvTervuren. Six 40-70 lb dogs loose traveling down the hwy at 65-75mph just isn't safe IMO. I prefer there is less chance of them getting thrown from or out of the vehicle in case of an accident.

I also show most all other breeds for other people so won't risk a client dog's safety.

Mine prefer the security of their crates. I prefer them safe in an emergency.

There is loose time when we arrive at our destinations of course. :-)

This week we are in Portland Oregon at our National Specialty show. 13.5 yr old boy gets to be loose in MH all day. The rest are crated for safety and to avoid any dog on dog aggression happening since not all with me live with me.
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Ridgemar did you drill through crates to bolt down? I mostly travel alone as well so just best for them to be crated. I do keep a boy loose if we stop somewhere just to cause idiots to keep on walking. :-D
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I used metal rings mounted to floor - like one would use to mount motorcycles. Got at Lowes.
My crates are plastic not wire so I used ratchet straps across each to floor bolts and then across all of them. There is some bowing of middle crate. But they are very secure.
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That is same as what we did too. Works great
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